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Norway shows off crazy curling pants in snowy New York

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The pants are back and better than ever.

Norway’s Olympic men’s curling team strutted around Manhattan amid a snowstorm Tuesday in a version of the funky pants made famous at the 2010 Olympics. They have at least four different patterns for the Olympics, according to The Associated Press.

“Put it like this, you’ll not see me wearing them,” Norway coach Pal Trulsen told the AP. “Except maybe at a bad-taste party or something.”

NBC Olympics researcher John Howe recalled the unlikely story behind the pants’ debut in Vancouver.

They had the whole ensemble Tuesday, including a matching jacket. Each player owns 80 to 90 pairs of various loud pants and travels to each competition with about six, according to The New York Times.

“These pants would be great to win in,” team member Haavard Vad Petersson said, according to the newspaper. “But they’d be terrible to lose in. We decided that when we wear them, we have to really try and win and go the whole way.”

The Norwegian rink, skipped by Thomas Ulrud, won silver at the 2010 Olympics.

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Boules bids for 2024 Olympic inclusion

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 (AP) — The sport of boules has launched a bid to be included in the 2024 Olympics.

The Bowls Sports World Confederation, which is recognized by the International Olympic Committee, is campaigning on behalf of three disciplines: the French petanque, the Boule Lyonnaise and the Raffa, a version of the game popular in Italy.

According to the international world games association, about 20 million people regularly play boules in France and Italy, and more than 2 million players are licensed in 150 other countries.

Under new IOC rules, Olympic host cities can propose the addition of one or more sports to their games. Paris and Rome are among the five cities bidding for the 2024 Games, along with Los Angeles, Budapest and Hamburg.

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South Korean rhythmic gymnast throws another acrobatic first pitch (video)

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South Korean Olympic gymnast Shin Soo-ji made a triumphant return to the mound over the weekend and outdid her acrobatic 2013 first pitch.

Shin, who finished 12th in rhythmic gymnastics at Beijing 2008, added another gymnastics move to her wind-up before tossing a little bit high.

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